We returned to Falmouth station the following day, probably hoping to see the 0-4-0ST again; no photographs this time, but Dad sketched some of the details on the station building. Perhaps he was contemplating making a model some time! The 1969 shot records that the station buildings had gone by then. I'll send some more photos in due course, but they will have been taken in the 1970s. Seems like yesterday to me, but it's 50 years ago now!
Best regards, Howard.
It was really nice to see the colour photographs by Howard Sprenger of Falmouth and Penmere (if a little sad to see the deterioration).
A few notes from me if of interest.
Penmere was, of course, staffed, and the two gentlemen in my time were John Grose and Bob Lambert (or Lamport – I believe the former). As I recall, Mr Lambert was tall and balding whereas the shorter Mr Grose (the senior man?) had a fine head of grey hair!
As can be seen from one of the photographs, the ‘Gents’ was at the Truro end, and I think the next door on was the ‘Ladies’, which Mum nearly always decided she needed to visit as the steam of the approaching train was visible above the trees by Theydon Road.
The middle door would have been the passenger entrance, and turning right you would face the ticket window. I was always fascinated by the ticket date stamper which gave a double ‘thump’ as the ticket was pushed in, first one end and then the other. On the wall beside the door, local paper timetables, printed in WR brown (sometimes also in blue I think) were hung up threaded on string. There seemed to me to be a permanent musty smell about the place. I don’t remember much about the waiting room itself but there must have been the usual wooden benches.
Sadly, this building was destroyed by fire, sometime in the very late 1960s (or was it the early 70s?). Someone must know the actual date.
Hope the above is of interest. By best to Howard and thanks for the memories!
Regards. Trevor Tremethick